Do-it-yourselfing for Christmas

Do-it-yourselfing for Christmas

Attention, ladies: this year, forget those ready-made Christmas decorations – it’s time for some do-it-yourselfing to create that wonderful feeling of Christmas in your home. It’s both fun to do and gives you a real sense of satisfaction to be working with your own two hands. So get out the flower bulbs, scissors, ribbons, glitter and beads: the motto here is do-it-yourself.

The advantages of DIY

We all know how convenient and easy it is to pick up a ready-made Christmas decoration in a store. You come home, put it on the table, and that’s it. But did you know that it’s good for you to make something yourself? Mark Frauenfelder, editor-in-chief of the magazine, MAKE, made a list of the advantages of ‘made by hand’. Enjoying some do-it-yourselfing connects us better to things that make us feel good, makes us appreciate what we already have, helps us connect more easily with others, helps us feel more independent, and helps us learn to solve problems better. Just think of what do-it-yourselfing can do for us! But besides all this, do-it-yourselfing is just plain fun.

Getting started

What can you make yourself, and how do you do that? Be sure that your first DIY project isn’t too difficult. An easier project gives you a better chance of getting bitten by the DIY bug. Use materials that are easily available and will remain attractive for a while. Good examples are amaryllis bulbs or hyacinth bulbs, glass vases, pretty bowls, glitter and ribbons. Cover a kitchen table with a tablecloth or plastic sheet to protect it from spills and other mess, and then get out the tools you’ll need, like scissors, glue, needle and thread, and a sewing machine. We’ve made five examples to get you started.

 

Snowy white hyacinths in wool

Materials:

  • Black and white bowl
  • White hyacinth bulbs in pots
  • Fluffy white wool
  • White Christmas tree ornaments
  • White ribbon

Tip: rinse off the soil from the roots of the hyacinth bulbs under the tap.

 

Warm red Amaryllis with berries

Materials:

  • Transparent cylindrical vase
  • Red-flowering amaryllis bulb
  • Red Christmas ribbon
  • Branches bearing redcurrants
  • Red candles

 

Fluffy hyacinths in a vase

Materials:

  • Transparent vase
  • White hyacinth bulbs in pots
  • Fluffy white wool
  • Coarsely textured branches

Tip: rinse off the soil from the roots of the hyacinth bulbs under the tap.

 

Amaryllis in black & white

Materials:

  • Transparent cylindrical vase
  • Black and white bowl
  • White waxed amaryllis bulb
  • Black waxed amaryllis bulb
  • Black and white wire

 

Heavenly Amaryllis

Materials:

  • Black and white plate
  • White waxed amaryllis bulbs
  • Silver-colored cardboard
  • Optional: fleece
  • Branches bearing black-colored berries